Instead, police say he is charged with six firearms-related offences and three counts of carrying a concealed weapon.
The trouble began when police say loss-prevention officers at a store noticed a man picking up items and allegedly walking past the checkout counter without paying.
Police say the man broke into a run, but was soon caught and handcuffed after a brief struggle.
Officers arrived, searched his bag and that's when they say they found three semi-automatic handguns, two of which were loaded, as well as ammunition for each weapon.
Police say he will remain in custody until his next court appearance.